Watermill House

Water Mill, New York
Location
  • Water Mill, New York
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Square Feet
  • 6000
  • When our clients approached us to discuss the feasibility of designing a fully appointed 6000 square foot summer house in the oceanside town of Southampton, New York, our immediate concern was that the lot – located in a FEMA floodplain, on a property that is approximately 50% unbuildable wetlands – wouldn’t deliver the square footage or the living spaces required to create a ‘Hamptons Home’. Rather than fight the constraints imposed by the land, we saw this as an opportunity to capture a variety of spaces that could exist under, over, and between the building and the landscape.

    Three zinc-clad volumes – the Public wing, the Guest wing, and the Family wing – elevate all the heated areas and critical infrastructure above the floodplain. These volumes organize the primary indoor areas such as living rooms, bedrooms, baths and mechanical rooms, while interstitial spaces between the house and ground foster a series of outdoor rooms including a carport, a courtyard, a pool pavilion, a terrarium, and roof terraces. A palette of cedar, limestone, and zinc elegantly ties everything together.

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    Rear of the House hovering over the wetlands. Photo  of Watermill House modern home

    Rear of the House hovering over the wetlands.

    Front Facade Photo 2 of Watermill House modern home

    Front Facade

    Entry Patio Photo 3 of Watermill House modern home

    Entry Patio

    Living Room faces the setting sun. Photo 4 of Watermill House modern home

    Living Room faces the setting sun.

    Family Room is lit by a skylit terrarium Photo 5 of Watermill House modern home

    Family Room is lit by a skylit terrarium

    Kitchen  Photo 6 of Watermill House modern home

    Kitchen

    Hall and Stair to Master Bedroom Photo 7 of Watermill House modern home

    Hall and Stair to Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom and Shower Photo 8 of Watermill House modern home

    Master Bedroom and Shower

    Rear Facade overlooking the wetlands Photo 9 of Watermill House modern home

    Rear Facade overlooking the wetlands

    Pool Patio sits under the cover of the cantilevered family wing above Photo 10 of Watermill House modern home

    Pool Patio sits under the cover of the cantilevered family wing above

    Pool Photo 11 of Watermill House modern home

    Pool

    Carport Photo 12 of Watermill House modern home

    Carport

    Pool Photo 13 of Watermill House modern home

    Pool

    Rear of the house at dusk. Photo 14 of Watermill House modern home

    Rear of the house at dusk.